THE FLATS – On Friday, April 6, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will partner with Project Life to host its second annual bone marrow donor recruitment drive. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology Student Center, the Jackets and drive representatives will be on site to conduct the drive. Anyone is welcome to attend to be added to the registry.
Project Life is a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students with a simple cheek swab. Bone marrow treatments are the only hope for many people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other blood cancers and diseases.
Georgia Tech student-athletes, spearheaded by the student-athlete advisory board, will be trained to run the drive, including conducting the swabs and building the registry. As part of an ACC wide effort to partner with Project Life, Tech is one of several conference member schools conducting drives on campuses. All it takes is 10 minutes and two cheek swabs to be tested and added to the bone marrow donor registry. Tech held its first drive last year during a men’s and women’s basketball double-header.
“The project life bone marrow drive is important to me because I am a big believer in trying to leave places better than when you found them,” said SAAB vice president James Clark. “A person’s chance at a successful bone marrow treatment increases with every name added, so it is crucial to grow the registry. Even if only one name is added, that one person could make a difference in someone’s life. That is enough for us (Georgia Tech) to want to participate in order to grow the list as big as we can. To be a part of this on a conference level with all the ACC schools is special because I believe we as student-athletes will have a huge impact on our society around us.”
Friday’s drive will run in conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day, which occurs every year on April 6. The day recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the playing fields and who give back to their community through service projects.
For more information on Project Life, please visit their official website.
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